View Comments See Vanessa Hudgens Graduate to GigiBegins March 19 at the Neil Simon TheatreWe kind of love Vanessa Hudgens’ career path since High School Musical. One day she’s starring in the “bikini girls with machine guns” madness of Spring Breakers. Now, she’s making her Broadway debut in the revamped revival of Lerner and Loewe’s Gigi. After a stint at the Kennedy Center, we expect Hudgens, and her co-stars Corey Cott and Victoria Clark to be first-rate. Click for tickets! Go Below to See The Floor Above MeBegins March 16 at 54 BelowTony Yazbeck is terrific in On the Town, so we welcome any opportunity to see him. Lucky for us, 54 Below is bringing Yazbeck back for The Floor Above Me. The Broadway veteran’s show features melodies, memories, and hoofing—plus help from two special guests: On the Town co-star Clyde Alves and tap dance star Melinda Sullivan. Click for tickets! Hey, you, figuring out how make that perfect St. Patrick’s Day dinner—you know you’re facing an impossible task with only a dirty microwave and jar of olives at your disposal. So forget the grub and dig in to what the city has to offer. There are new musicals galore, Tony Yazbeck’s return to 54 Below and more. Open wide for this week’s picks! Start the Morning with Derek HoughMarch 18, check local listingsYeah, yeah, yeah, Derek Hough is a regular on Dancing with the Stars. That’s all well and good. But when he’s a guest on Live! With Kelly and Michael, we want to hear about the dancer’s current gig: starring in the New York Spring Spectacular! We want Laura Benanti shenanigans and details about what the Rockettes scarf down backstage. So listen up, Erin Andrews, the DWTS host who is co-hosting today’s show: keep the workplace war stories to a minimum. Thanks! Hitch Your Wagon to a Starry RevivalBegins March 18 at the New York City CenterBroadway is teeming with new goodies, but it is totally OK to stray. Really! Encores! 2015 season continues with Paint Your Wagon, the Lerner and Loewe chestnut about a gold prospector, his daughter, and the men who love her. That’s good. What’s better is this production’s talent extends from the cast (Keith Carradine, Justin Guarini) to the crew (headed by director Marc Bruni of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical). Click for tickets! Star Files Sierra Boggess Save the Date for It Shoulda Been YouBegins March 17 at the Brooks Atkinson TheatreMost people don’t know how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day properly, so they end up at a Bennigan’s swapping Irish Car Bombs and regret with a sales rep named Kevin. Not you. You’re off to see Broadway.com vlogger Sierra Boggess and Tyne Daly in the hilarious modern-day wedding comedy It Shoulda Been You, directed by David Hyde Pierce. We hear he knows a thing about comedy. Click for tickets!
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSoldiers in “Operation Iraqi Freedom” from Georgia’s Fort Stewartand Hunter Army Air Field will soon get shoe boxes from homethrough the efforts of 4-H’ers in, interestingly enough, LibertyCounty.The shoe boxes are filled with much-needed personal care items,not shoes.”Our soldiers have food and medical supplies,” said DeniseEverson, a University of Georgia Extension Service 4-H agent inLiberty County and coordinator of the statewide project.Soldiers need sunscreen, chapstick”Those things are obviously government issued,” she said. “Whatthey need are things like sunscreen, Chap Stick and toiletriesthat most of us take for granted here at home.”Everson has firsthand knowledge of what U.S. soldiers need. FortStewart is just a mile and a half from her office, and 75 percentof her 4-H’ers have a parent in the military.”We are a military community,” she said. “This project hit closeto home for us and for our kids. We all know someone who is awayfrom home because of the war. For me, it’s my boss (Robert Bell,UGA Extension agriculture agent AG AGENT OR COUNTY EXTENSIONCOORDINATOR? in Liberty C county), who’s stationed at FortStewart preparing reserve units for deployment to Iraq.”She says local soldiers are sending stories home about how”really, really cold; really, really sandy; and really, reallyhot” the conditions are in Iraq.”They’re also requesting soft bathroom tissue from home, which isa lot different from the government-issued tissue they get,”Everson chuckled.The soldiers also need handheld computer games and toiletrieslike toothpaste, deodorant and soap.”The computer games are to help them pass the downtime that wedon’t see on news coverage,” she said. A community project that became a statewide projectThe shoe box project began in March as the Liberty County 4-H’erscommunity service project for the month. Lori Purcell, programdevelopment coordinator for Georgia’s Central District 4-HOffice, was instrumental in transforming the project into astatewide 4-H project. As word of the project spread, studentsfrom across the state joined in to collect boxes in theircounties, too.On May 22, more than 400 shoe boxes were delivered to FortStewart’s Army Community Services. And, over the past two months,more than 2,000 individual items have been delivered to ArmyCommunity Services and Southern Smiles, a nonprofit organizationin the Savannah, Ga., home of Hunter. Army Community Services andSouthern Smiles will make sure the boxes reach their intendeddestination.”The shoe boxes are the perfect size, as they can be put onsupply planes as there’s room, a few here and a few there,” saidEverson.”Medical and military supplies are obviously the toppriority. With this project, we know the boxes are going to getto soldiers. And they’re our soldiers.”It’s not too late to participate in the shoe box project. If youare interested, contact Everson at (912)876-2133. Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.”Most people are beginning to view the war as being over,”Everson said. “In military communities like ours, we know thereality.(The soldiers) are still on a peace-keeping mission, andmany will continue to be assigned to Iraq for the next five to 10years.”Everson said the first wave of soldiers are expected to return toLiberty County in late summer, although no official dates havebeen announced at this time.Next, Georgia’s middle school 4-H’ers plan to write letters toGeorgia soldiers.”At our fall retreat, each 4-H’er will get a name of a soldier towrite to,” Everson said.”And we know the soldiers will write backand send pictures. Some soldiers never get mail. This will reallymeet that need.”
States will see significant new federal support in their efforts to help move Medicaid beneficiaries out of institutions and into their own homes or other community settings now and in the near future, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.The Affordable Care Act provides additional funding for two programs supporting that goal, the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program and the Community First Choice Option program. Today, Secretary Sebelius announced thirteen States would together receive more than $45 million in MFP grants to start that program in their States, with a total of $621 million committed through 2016. In addition, HHS has proposed rules to allow all States to access a potential of $3.7 billion in increased federal funding to provide long-term services and supports through the Community First Choice Option program.‘Our country recognized in the Americans with Disabilities Act that everyone who can live at home or community-based setting should be allowed to do so,’ Secretary Sebelius said. ‘The Affordable Care Act provides States critical new dollars toward achieving that goal.’ Thirteen States Receive Money Follows the Person Program Grants The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program, which was set to expire in fiscal year 2011, is extended through the Affordable Care Act for an additional five years. The 13 States receiving awards today (see list and award amounts below) join the 29 States and the District of Columbia already operating MFP programs. Together, these States will receive more than $45 million in the first year of the program, and more than $621 million through 2016. The MFP program provides individuals living in a nursing home or other institution new opportunities to live in the community with the services and supports they need. Groups benefiting from these home-and-community based programs include the elderly, persons with intellectual, developmental and/or physical disabilities, mental illness or those diagnosed with several of these conditions. To date, these programs have helped 12,000 individuals move out of institutions and back into their communities. Today’s grants are expected to help an additional 13,000 people. ‘The Money Follows the Person program is hugely important to improving the lives of Medicaid beneficiaries,’ said Donald Berwick, M.D., administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which will implement the demonstration program. ‘This helps bring everyone, even those who in the past may have had no choice but to live in an institution, into the community where they can become full participants in the activities most of us take for granted.’ New Community First Choice Option Available to States Many of the same goals under the MFP demonstration are shared and supported by the Community First Choice (CFC) Option, created by the Affordable Care Act. Today, nursing homes and institutions are too often the first or only choice for people with Medicaid who need long term care. The goal of this new option is to give States additional resources to make community living a first choice, and leave nursing homes and institutions as a fall back option.Starting in October, this option will allow States to receive a six percent increase in federal matching funds for providing community-based attendant services and supports to people with Medicaid. Over the next three years’through 2014’States could see a total of $3.7 billion in new funds to provide these services. States currently receive Federal Medicaid matching funds for these activities at the State’s normal matching rate. Services and supports that can be provided under CFC include, but are not limited to, attendant services and supports that help individuals with activities of daily living such as bathing and eating, and health-related tasks through hands-on assistance or supervision. States may also cover costs related to moving individuals from an institution to the community, such as security and utility deposits, first month’s rent, and purchasing basic household supplies. To qualify for the increased Federal funds, States must develop ‘person-centered plans’ that allow the individual to determine how services are provided to achieve or maintain independence. States must also establish implementation councils with a majority membership consisting of persons with disabilities, elderly individuals and their representatives to advise in the design and implementation of Community First Choice option. The proposed rule, posted today, describes the details of this program and solicits public comment. The rule can be found at:http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-03946_PI.pdf(link is external). ‘There is more evidence than ever that people who need long-term care prefer to live in their own homes and communities whenever possible,’ said Dr. Berwick. ‘To restrict these individuals to institutions where even the simplest decisions of the day such as when to get up, what to eat and when to sleep are made by someone else must no longer be the norm. This new Federal funding will make a difference in people’s lives.’ MONEY FOLLOWS THE PERSON DEMONSTRATION GRANTS See below for the list of States receiving MFP grants today. Money Follows the Person Grant AwardeesStateGrantee1st YR. AwardFunds committed through 2016ColoradoColorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing$2,000,000$22,189,486FloridaFlorida Agency for Health Care Administration, Medicaid$4,203,999$35,748,853IdahoIdaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Medicaid$695,206$6,456,560MaineMaine Department of Health and Human Services$699,970$7,151,735MassachusettsMassachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services, Office of Medicaid$13,486,888$110,000,000MinnesotaDepartment of Human Services$13,421,736$187,412,620MississippiMississippi Division of Medicaid, Office of Health Services$1,341,394$37,076,814NevadaNevada Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Health Care Financing & Policy$800,000$7,276,402New MexicoNew Mexico Human Services Department, Medical Assistance Division, Long Term Services & Supports Bureau$595,839$23,724,360Rhode IslandRhode Island Department of Human Services, Division of Health Care Quality, Financing & Purchasing / Medicaid Division$2,503,021$24,570,450TennesseeTennessee Bureau of TennCare$2,357,733$119,624,597VermontDepartment of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living$2,123,975$17,963,059West VirginiaWest Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, Bureau for Medical Services$1,267,373$22,220,423TOTAL$45,497,134$621,415,359
Norway wealth fund develops software program to analyze climate investment risk FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Norway’s $975 billion wealth fund, the world’s largest, wants to know how much of a company’s carbon dioxide emission costs can be passed on to customers. The fund holds 1.4 percent of all globally listed shares, representing 9,000 companies, so a lot is at stake for the fund as it considers how to allocate investments amid rising climate-related costs.Norges Bank Investment Management is turning to data analytics, building a software tool that can help guide the process. Called Angle, the software can now take non-financial data, such as carbon dioxide emissions, combine it with trading data and earnings data of a given company, and see how it will affect its earnings in the years ahead. The next step, which has not been disclosed before, is to develop the platform to see how much of the carbon cost can be passed on to customers and how much companies must pay themselves.“For us, it is reasonably obvious that the focus on climate change risk will not go away and that is there as a risk for the companies (we invest in), whether directly or indirectly,” fund CEO Yngve Slyngstad said in an interview. “Therefore, there is an issue about the pricing of different companies,” he told Reuters, adding that the latest development of the software was not yet completed. “There is more work to be done on it,” he said.The work began when the fund was mandated by the Norwegian Parliament to divest from companies that derive 30 percent of more of its business or activities from thermal coal in 2015.Other institutional investors are also pushing companies to disclose the data they need to assess the climate-change risk to their investments. “The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund is one of the leading institutional investors when it comes to the analysis of climate risk,” Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the institutional investors group on climate change, a group of 163 pension funds and asset managers representing over 21 trillion euros ($23.8 trillion) in assets.More: Norway wealth fund builds tool to analyse climate risk to portfolio
When asked what his faith has taught him about how to respond to attacks, he said that inclusion and tolerance are always the answer. Rabbi Brown said his congregation has had to increase security measures at the temple in recent years due to what he said is a rise in anti-Semitic incidents. According to F.B.I. hate crime statistics, hate crimes against Jews have increased almost 30%, including almost 900 crimes in 2018 alone. “The Torah does teach that we are to take care of the downtrodden, of the orphans, of the widows, of the foreigners, of the people who are not us, the other,” said Rabbi Brown Monday. “We are to bring them into our community and take care of them.” VESTAL (WBNG) — A recent anti-Semitic attack in Rockland County has local Jewish leaders advocating for fighting hate with love. Rabbi Geoffrey Brown of Temple Israel in Vestal told 12 News Jewish religious texts place heavy emphasis on taking care of those less fortunate, and that love extends to all people.
1. Deferment of payment of other public benefits, the collection of which is within the competence of the Tax Administration, “Although due to the easing of measures, travel agencies are allowed to work, most colleagues, including myself, rightly wonder if there is a purpose to open branches at a time when, despite the good epidemiological situation, travel agencies still have the most rigorous business conditions. it further aggravates an already difficult situation. In such conditions, we insisted on the extension of support by the CES and we are pleased that our arguments addressed to the Ministry of Tourism were accepted. ” points out Tomislav Fain, president of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA). 2. Placement of new liquidity assurance lines with a longer period of use and Due to the coronavirus pandemic, travel agencies found themselves in an extremely difficult situation and were unable to operate regularly and suffered heavy losses. Grants for job preservation measures are important, but not the only support that travel agencies need and expect because, unlike other service activities that are enabled to work and that are able to generate turnover and ensure business liquidity, agencies do so, according to optimistic estimates. , will not be able to until the summer of 2021. The UHPA insists on additional measures such as: 3. Ensuring grants to the sector through EU funds. That is why it is extremely important to ensure further continuity of support for job preservation, as well as additional measures. Also, Fain points out that UHPA proposed concrete measures to the Ministry of Tourism, and one of them was the continuation of support measures for June. Photo: Pixabay.com “We welcome the opening of borders and the efforts made to place the tourist image of Croatia as a safe destination throughout Europe, but we must be aware that our current activities are laying the foundations for the 2021 tourist season, which will be a true indicator of whether and to what extent we have recovered. consequence of these current events. Although I am an eternal optimist, I am aware that many travel agencies will not be able to do business without state support, and we expect further support and measures in cooperation with the profession.. ”, Concludes Fain.
Re May 2 letter, “Would students still protest on weekend?”: James Curtain asked how many students would turn up if protests were held on a Saturday instead of a school day. The biggest rally so far was held on a Saturday in Washington, D.C. More than a half a million people attended the March for Life on Saturday, March 24. (I even attended at age 69.)Diane Sanders HombachSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, music Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
“That was a tremendous thing that happened. We have a lot of other interesting things going on with other nations also having to do with peace agreements and a lot of big news is coming over the next few weeks,” Trump said.”I am sure you will be very impressed and more importantly it’s great for our country, a great thing for the world.”Crucial to the UAE decision to forge ties with Israel is a commitment by Netanyahu to halt his plans to annex swaths of Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank.But speaking alongside Trump, the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said the Jewish state had not abandoned the plan.”It’s just something that will be deferred until we give peace every single chance,” Friedman told reporters.While Friedman echoed Netanyahu in saying that the annexation plan remained “on the table,” Trump himself was more circumspect.”I can’t talk about some time into the future, that’s a big statement. Right now it’s off the table,” he said.”They agreed not to do it. I think it’s very important, it’s a great concession and it’s a very smart concession.” The leaders of Israel and the United Arab Emirates will sign their historic peace accord in the White House in around three weeks, US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday.Trump, speaking at press conference hours after the deal was announced, praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the UAE’s ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan as “fantastic” partners who had demonstrated “vision and leadership.””I look forward to hosting them at the White House very soon to formally sign the agreement,” he told reporters. Topics : “We’ll probably be doing it over the next, I would say, three weeks.”The summit will evoke memories of previous Middle East peace signings in the United States including the inking of the Oslo Accords in 1993 which brought the late Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat together in Washington.US President Jimmy Carter also hosted the signing of the Camp David Accords between Egypt’s Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Menachem Begin in 1978.Trump hinted that the UAE may not be the last country to strike a deal with Israel which so far has only had formal diplomatic relations with two other Arab nations, Egypt and Jordan.
Sir Chips, right, with Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke (Picture: Getty)Should the 79-year-old, who is a lifelong Arsenal fan, walk away from the club it would end a long association with the Gunners, having first become a director back in 2005.Emery is believed to have three more Premier League games to turn Arsenal’s season around – against Norwich, Brighton and West Ham – and any further slip-ups could see him axed, particularly with north London rivals Tottenham having acted so decisively.MORE: Unai Emery adamant he retains support of Arsenal board after Southampton drawMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message to Arsenal fans after disappointing Southampton drawMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City The long-serving Gunners chief, right, feels his influence has been diluted (Picture: Getty)Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick is reportedly considering resigning from the board over Unai Emery’s continued reign at the club and feels powerless to do anything.The Gunners failed to win yet again in the Premier League on Saturday, escaping with a 2-2 draw at home to Southampton thanks to a brace from Alexandre Lacazette – though could easily have lost the match.Arsenal now sit in seventh place in the table, eight points adrift of the top-four spots, and have not won in the league since beating Bournemouth at the start of October. Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick considering resigning over Unai Emery situation Arsenal gave another woeful performance and Southampton should have won (Picture: Getty)The pressure is now ramping up on Emery, with large sections of supporters turning on the manager and chanting for him to leave during Saturday’s clash at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Athletic, those noises were heard loud and clear in the boardroom and Sir Chips – who has been chairman since taking over from Peter Hill-Wood in 2013 – felt ‘compelled’ to consider handing in his resignation.He feels he has been frozen out from the decision-making process over Emery’s future and does not want to ‘carry the can’ for the current discontent.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalTechnical director Edu and head of football Raul Sanllehi are the two key players in Arsenal’s hierarchy now and intend to give Emery more time before reassessing his position.Managing director Vinai Venkatesham, chief negotiator Huss Fahmy and Josh Kroenke, son of owner Stan, make up the decision-making group, with Sir Chips having been sidelined with virtually no say in Emery’s future. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Nov 2019 8:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Advertisement
April 10, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education, Press Release, Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by teachers and business leaders today to announce nearly $2.6 million in Teacher in the Workplace grants supporting 59 programs in Pennsylvania. The governor is committed to strengthening the collaboration between local educators and businesses to better prepare students with the skills for in-demand jobs.“These grants enable teachers to visit local employers and learn about the skills and knowledge their students need to succeed in today’s workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “Teachers bring that experience to their classrooms to develop lessons that teach students the skills they will need for those good jobs.“Teachers can also tell students and parents about the new and growing careers available in their community. Many of the rewarding jobs offer good pay and students will be ready for a trade school, community college, four-year college or an apprenticeship.”Teacher in the Workplace grants are part of Governor Wolf’s strategy for Pennsylvania to have the strongest workforce in the nation that drives the strongest economy. Other actions taken by the governor include:• Creating PAsmart, a new innovative $30 million investment in STEM and computer science education, apprenticeships and job training that prioritizes partnerships among schools, employers and communities. The governor is proposing an additional $10 million for PAsmart to expand job training to more adult workers.• Proposing the Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) in the 2019-20 budget. SWEAP builds on the success of PAsmart to provide opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The plan expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector.• Establishing the Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center that brings together commonwealth agencies and the private sector to close the skills gap.• Launching the Apprenticeship and Training Office resulting in 138 new sponsors and 193 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, increasing the total number of registered apprentices to 16,866 statewide.• Starting the Manufacturing PA Initiative to support critical training in the important sector of that economy.This is the second year the Wolf administration has used federal funds to award Teacher in the Workplace grants to local workforce development boards. Last year $2 million in grants enabled approximately 1,200 educators to participate through 48 programs. The governor’s 2019-20 budget proposes to build on that success by leveraging $5 million in federal funds to continue expanding the program.In York County, a grant last year enabled several West Shore School District teachers to visit New Concept Technology and learn about advanced manufacturing.“In preparing our children to be career-ready after graduation, I feel it is just as important to expose teachers to the challenges and opportunities of our changing workforce as it is our students,” said Mark Miller, Career Coordinator at Cedar Cliff High School. “The Teacher in the Workplace grant received by the West Shore School District will help make these valuable connections and first-hand experiences possible for our staff.”“New Concept Technology continues to engage in meaningful relationships with local school districts to provide an avenue for students who may not be seeking post-secondary education,” said Kristina Lotwick, Human Resources Director for New Concept Technology. “Our relationship with students fosters solid career paths through our apprentice program and other avenues. It is our commitment to the future generations and surrounding communities that make the Teacher in the Workplace program invaluable to our organization.In Allegheny County, a grant led the Pine-Richland School District and Eaton Electrical to partner on energy efficiency projects to teach students real-world skills about engineering and design from elementary through high school.“We are so thankful for the opportunity to bring these experiences to our students at Pine-Richland,” said Beth Grover, a third-grade teacher at Richland Elementary School in Allegheny County. “As educators, we have already learned so much through our corporate partnership, and I am certain that this partnership will not only be sustainable, but impactful on our students of all ages.”In Lackawanna County, the Teacher in the Workplace initiative is helping General Dynamics Land Systems to coordinate with local teachers to highlight exciting jobs in manufacturing and other careers.“We collectively need to close the skills gap by supporting and expanding programs such as Teacher in the Workplace,” said Frank Fata, Director of Scranton Plant Operations for General Dynamics Land Systems. “It’s our responsibility to enlighten teachers, students and other supportive organizations of the high demand for advanced technical careers. Manufacturing and the associated technologies are rapidly evolving, which require a steady stream of tech-savvy builders, fabricators and innovators to insure success in the global markets of today.”The Teacher in the Workplace grants are funded through federal money made available from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Federal dollars financed 91.4 percent, or $2,637,017.75 of the TIW grants. Local workforce investment boards provided matching funds for 9.6 percent or $248,141.69 for these projects. Pennsylvania Expands Workforce Program Linking Teachers with Local Employers